Aberdeen has been hailed as one of Britain’s “smartest cities” in a new survey.

In the second UK Smart Cities Index, commissioned by Huawei UK and conducted by Navigant Consulting, the Granite City has been ranked 12th- between Oxford and Edinburgh,

The report is based on evaluations of 20 cities and their strategies, key projects and overall readiness in using digital technology to improve crucial civic services from transport infrastructure to healthcare.

Aberdeen was praised for the likes the £20million hydrogen bus project and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) which focuses on renewable energy and efficiency.

Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: “We are now also at the beginning of a radical shift in how we use smart technology both as a council to deliver better services to our customers and as a key stakeholder in the city to stimulate economic growth alongside public, private and third sector organisations.”